Fulton scores second ton to put heat on Otago

PETER FULTON: The Canterbury captain has been recalled to the Black Caps squad as cover for Ross Taylor.
PETER FULTON: The Canterbury captain has been recalled to the Black Caps squad as cover for Ross Taylor.

An unbeaten century by captain Peter Fulton - his second of the match - has left Canterbury in control of their Plunket Shield match against Otago at University Oval in Dunedin.

Fulton batted the entire third day yesterday for a century he called the best of the 11 he had scored at first-class level.

That is a big call for the man who has notched up a triple and a double hundred for the province.

"The state of the game and the sheer difficulty of the pitch make it my best one, I reckon," he said.

"It definitely wasn't pretty but I'm really pleased to have batted the entire day from a concentration point of view.

"If you're the captain, you can talk, talk, talk, but you need to go out and do it too, and I think I did my job today."

Fulton batted a shade over 6 hours and faced 270 balls to reach stumps at 106 not out.

He made 102 in the first innings.

Canterbury ground out to 234 for five on a pitch difficult to score on and one where the spinners were extracting big turn and big bounce.

The Wizards lead by 216 runs with a day to go.

Fulton said if his side could score a few more runs this morning, they would look to declare sooner rather than later.

"I'd rather err on the side of declaring too early than too late," he said.

"We want to make a game of it and want a result . . . and by keeping them interested in the chase, that will play into our hands, too."

The next best Canterbury batsman was opener George Worker, who batted for 2 hours for 28.

The abrasive nature of the pitch, which was creating plenty of reverse swing, and the difficulty of facing spin put Canterbury in a dominant position, Fulton said.

The Wizards' young offspinners, Tim Johnston and Cole McConchie, took five wickets between them in the first innings and were expected to do the bulk of the work today.

Fulton's effort is just the fifth time a player has scored a century in each innings for Canterbury but the third time the usually rare feat has been completed in this season's Plunket Shield.

Jesse Ryder (Wellington) and Aaron Redmond (Otago) achieved the double in the opening round of the competition.

The other four players to score a century in each innings for Canterbury are Keith Thomson (1966-1967), Gareth Hopkins (2002-2003), Johann Myburgh (2008-2009) and Michael Papps (2009-2010).